4 RAMEN soup and noodle: What’s the difference between Shio and Shoyu?
Do you eat ramen? What is your favorite? It’s especially nice to eat Ramen during cold winter.
This post introduces 4 kinds of Ramen soup and Noodles.
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4 Kinds of Ramen Soup
You can enjoy various kinds of Ramen soup in Japan. Here are basic 4 types:
Salt (Shio: 塩)
Although it’s called salt, it also contains other ingredients such as beef bones, kelp (kombu), skipjack flakes (katsuobushi) etc…
The soup is clear, light yet rich.
Toppings are depends on Ramen restaurants. They usually have pictures of Ramen so even if you don’t speak Japanese, you can pick and enjoy the yummy Ramen.
Soy Sauce (Shoyu: 醤油)
Try Soy Sauce soup if you like sushi! It’s different from sushi soy sauce: it’s rather lighter in colour and taste.
Just like Salt soup, Soy Sauce soup may contain ingredients such as kelp and skipjack flakes.
Its colour is brownish, light soy sauce colour and even if you have never tried Soy Sauce soup before, you would love it.
If you are Miso lover, try Miso Soup base! The actual Miso (soy bean paste) is used so the taste is similar to miso soup. However, it also contains other ingredients, vegetables and meats. Hence it taste richer and thick.
Some Miso soup base is spicy while others don’t add spicy seasoning.
Pork Bone (Tonkotsu: 豚骨)
The soup is white colour and thick as pork bones are cooked for many hours. It also contains fat and collagen from the pork.
Although Pork Bone soup base is popular, some foreigners might not like it.
It has stronger smell and taste compared to other soup. You can try Pork Bone soup in Ramen restaurant or instant noodle and see if you like it.
4 Kinds of Ramen Noodle
Ramen noodle is made with flour and water. As well as soup, there are 4 different kinds of noodles for Ramen. In some places you can choose soup and noodle, whereas in other places you only choose soup.
Below are examples of combinations based on their features.
Thick Straight Noodle (ストレート太麺)
This might go well with Salt, Miso or Soy Sauce base. You can try but I recommend to avoid combination of this noodle with Pork Bone (Tonkotsu) soup base because thick noodle might absorb soup way too much.
Thin Straight Noodle (ストレート細麺)
When you eat Pork Bone (Tonkotsu) soup, try this soup. Because the soup has strong taste, thin noodle is better than thick noodle. Thin noodle doesn’t absorb much soup.
Thick Curly Noodle (縮れ太麺)
I personally recommend Miso soup base for this noodle. It’s thick and absorb a lot of soup so you will fully enjoy Miso taste in your mouth.
Thin Curly Noodle (縮れ細麺)
Try this noodle when you eat Miso or Soy Sauce soup base. It absorbs a lot of soup and the combination makes you satisfied.
If you like Ramen, just try different places in Japan. The flavour varies depending on areas and restaurants.
Ramen is very popular in Vancouver, Canada.
There was only a few in downtown area a few years ago but now there are a lot in downtown as well as other locations.
Most of Ramen restaurants are owned by Japanese, but some Ramen restaurants are ran by Chinese or Korean.
I sometimes miss Ramen in Japan a lot. Whenever I go back to Japan, I always try new Ramen place.
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